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A cohesive approach to handling air in a lab setting

Laboratories are energy-intensive spaces, consuming up to three or four times as much energy as the typical office space. The laboratories of the typical research-based university, for example, can account for between 50% and 80% of the site’s total carbon emissions. At a time when environmental performance of universities is coming under increasing scrutiny (through initiatives such as Green League), laboratory energy consumption is often a major obstacle in the university’s carbon reduction plan. In addition, in the private sector, as well as in the public sector, energy bills exert significant financial pressures, eating into research grants and profitability, with many sites subject to the imposition of levies, such as the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Developing energy efficient designs or reducing energy usage in the laboratory, requires extremely careful consideration. It is essential that health and safety is not compromised by inadequate air management. The integrity of testing and research outcomes also relies on the correct environmental conditions being maintained.

Lab Air
Clean Air
University of Wolverhampton Case Study

Lab air strategies

Integrated room air design for laboratories

Developing and implementing a comprehensive room air conditioning strategy that meets the most critical safety and comfort requirements is only possible through the close co-operation of specialist consultants, HVAC contractors, users and manufacturers, ideally from the beginning, i.e. the design stage of the project.
onwards. The TROX know-how and the complete TROX product portfolio can be combined for both new buildings and refurbishment projects.

The illustration below shows you how a lab with innovative TROX products and systems may look
  • TROX components, devices and systems in the lab
  • Our expertise,
    youR benefit
  • One-Stop Shop

  • Expert consultancy and support throughout all stages of a project: from the design stage to handing over the system, and also after installation
  • Comprehensive service support: commissioning, system integration, maintenance, modernisation
  • Easy connection to higher-level systems due to standard interfaces
  • Maximum data transparency due to open systems such as LonWorks®, Modbus and BACnet
  • Air management system solutions from a single source reduce the number of interfaces required
  • Reduced fire load due to bus systems that reduce the wiring
  • Support of flexible building usage: systems can easily be adapted to meet new requirements
  • Rapid amortisation of investment costs due to reduced operating costs
  • Energy savings due to optimised systems operation
  • High level of operational reliability due to system self-monitoring

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  1. X-CUBE air handling units
    handle volume flow rates of up to 100,000 m³/h (28 m³/s) for the ventilation and air conditioning of rooms – including filtration, heating, cooling, heat recovery, and humidifying and dehumidifying.
  2. X-CUBE Compact (not shown in the building illustration)
    is a compact air handling unit for volume flow rates of 600 to 6000 m³/h and a heat recovery efficiency in excess of 80 % (dry, to EN 308); it is the ideal solution for small and medium-sized applications.
  3. TROX room air management systems
    provide demand-based volume flow rate control to ensure the best possible room air quality and temperature while they help to save energy at the same time.
  4. FMS Flow Monitoring System
    is an electronic, self-powered monitoring system for fume cupboards. VMRK, a circular volume flow rate measuring unit, recommends itself for ducts with contaminated air.
  5. Constant volume flow control
    Circular, mechanical self-powered CAV controllers for the precise control of constant volume flows of contaminated extract air.
  6. Swirl diffusers
    with optimised acoustic and aerodynamic properties come in a wide range of designs and constructions to suit every architectural requirement. They can be installed in suspended ceilings or just below the ceiling and hence visible.
  7. Ceiling diffusers
    are ideal for large, modern laboratories with soft cooling methods such as adiabatic cooling; their controlled velocity profile at the point of discharge is an advantage.
  8. Induction units
    are air-water systems and represent energy-efficient solutions for the ventilation and air conditioning of rooms. Ceiling mounted units can be fitted with additional functions or building services, e.g. lighting.
  9. Ventilation grilles
    and continuous horizontal runs with adjustable front blades can be installed in walls and floors.
  10. Jet nozzles
    throw the air far into the room. The nozzles are actuated electrically, manually, or with an SMA actuator (self-powered) and can be operated in heating or cooling mode.
  11. TROXNETCOM
    makes use of decentralised, open communication systems and hence allows for inexpensive fire protection solutions that can be easily intergrated with the central BMS.
  12. Fire dampers
    are certified for all European countries and prevent fire and smoke from spreading through ventilation ducting. The fire area is consequently shut off from other parts of the building.
  13. X-FANS process extract air fans
    are made of plastic and fitted with special seals and are hence ideal for the removal of aggressive media.
  14. External weather louvres
    protect air conditioning systems against the direct ingress of rain, leaves and birds into fresh air and exhaust air openings.
  15. Multileaf dampers
    Multileaf dampers are used in ducts or in wall or ceiling openings to shut off or restrict the airflow. Combinations of external weather louvres and multileaf dampers or non-return dampers have a dual function. They provide not only weather protection but also a means for shut-off, and they prevent air from flowing against the intended airflow direction.
One-stop shop.
In addition to the products shown here, TROX offers many more and in fact covers the entire range of components and systems for ventilation and air conditioning:
  • Filters and filter systems
  • Sound attenuators made of PPS
  • Other air terminal devices for mixed flow and displacement flow, and for installation in ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Air-water systems
  • Decentralised ventilation systems
  • Splitter attenuators and silencers
  • Smoke control dampers
  • X-FANS smoke exhaust fans
  • X-FANS fans
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